サウジの反体制ライターがイスタンブールの領事館で殺害された: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年10月09日

サウジの反体制ライターがイスタンブールの領事館で殺害された

サウジ人反体制ジャーナリストがサウジの領事館から出てこない事件でトルコは殺害されたとの見方を示しています。このジャーナリストの寄稿先であった米国のメディアが真相究明を求め、国連も問題視しています。トルコは領事館内の捜索を実施すべく受け入れを求めています。展開次第では、サウジに大きな打撃を与えるでしょう。
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RT2018/10/8
'They all take Saudi money': Suspected murder of WaPo columnist by Saudi Arabia ignored by UK press
WikiLeaks has hit out at UK newspapers which have been curiously circumspect about the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week.

The whistleblower organization tweeted that no British newspaper had led their Monday front pages with news about Khashoggi’s suspected murder despite the fact that news agencies like the Associated Press and Reuters were all reporting on the story − and suggested that the lack of interest from the UK papers was due to the fact that they “all take Saudi money”.

Fears have been growing over the fate of the missing Saudi dissident journalist who writes opinion columns for the Washington Post. Khashoggi was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday and Turkish officials have claimed that initial investigations indicate he was murdered while inside the building.

WikiLeaks also pointed out that the incident has so far prompted no reaction from US President Donald Trump or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Khashoggi had been intending to obtain a document to certify that he had divorced his ex-wife in order to be able to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who reportedly waited outside the building for 11 hours when he did not return. Turkish officials believe that the journalist was killed inside the building and later removed by a 15-person Saudi team that arrived at the consulate on Tuesday and returned to Riyadh the same day.

Saudi Arabia has denied the accusation and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he still remains “positive” about the investigation.

WikiLeaks weren’t the only ones taking note of how British media have been covering the story in a surprisingly calm and low-key manner, however. Some on Twitter made comparisons to how the UK papers had covered the recent alleged murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who turned out to be alive and playing an elaborate trick on the media.

Others suggested that the British media was probably too busy trying to find a way to blame Putin for the murder or seeking out the next alleged victim of a Russian “Novichok attack” to look into the Khashoggi story.

Some pointed out that the Saudis are the “international untouchables” due to their close relationships with the US and UK governments. While the Guardian did run a column about Khashoggi on its front page, some Twitter users noted that it seemed like the newspaper was trying to downplay the story by not making it the main focus.

In 2016, Reporters Without Borders published information detailing how Saudi Arabia “manipulates foreign media outlets” in order to “project a positive image of the kingdom internationally”. RSF wrote that a series of cables between Saudi embassies and the Saudi foreign ministry (made public by WikiLeaks) revealed that “extraordinary initiatives” were considered by Riyadh in an attempt to rehabilitate its international image.

The organization wrote that Saudi Arabia “channels funds to media organizations all over the world” including the UK − and that the funding usually takes the form of outright donations or the buying up of thousands of subscriptions, as was the case when a struggling Lebanese TV network adopted a pro-Saudi editorial policy after taking a $2 million bailout from Riyadh.

In another incident, the London-based Financial Times was forced to withdraw its Saudi correspondent and close its Riyadh bureau after the government accused the paper of publishing “lies” about the country. In 2017, Saudi investor Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel bought a 30 percent stake in the Independent newspaper, which also prompted concern that the paper would not be truly independent anymore.

RT2018/10/7
Murder at consulate? Turks say dissident journalist killed at Saudi diplo building
Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist with dissident progressive views, was last seen as he entered the Istanbul consulate of the country he had fled. As a diplomatic scandal looms, Turkish police say it was murder.

On Tuesday, Khashoggi went into the consulate for a quick in and out to get a document certifying his divorce. His Turkish fiancé waited for 11 hours outside, unable to reach him as he surrendered his phone, a requirement in many diplomatic missions in the region. He told her that if he didn’t return, she should get in touch with an adviser to the Turkish president.

Now Turkish authorities say evidence shows he never left the building and suggest he was murdered there, with officials telling Reuters that “the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate.”

What’s more, Turkish police believe the hit on the troublesome dissident was carried out by a team of assassins “especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day,” an unnamed government source told AFP on Saturday.

The source also said the investigation found that the assassins may have entered the country hidden among a group of 15 Saudis, including officials, who touched down in Istanbul aboard two flights on Tuesday. They are also believed to have been present in the consulate at the time of Khashoggi’s visit.

Vowing that Turkish police would solve the case, Yasin Aktay, the deputy chairman of Turkey’s ruling AK Party, told CNN Turk on Sunday that Khashoggi’s request for the documents were to be obtained “in normal ways.”

The Saudis have been quick to dismiss any sort of foul play in regards to Khashoggi. During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered Turkish authorities the opportunity to search the premises for the missing dissident, insisting that the Saudis “have nothing to hide.”

On Friday, bin Salman confirmed to the press that Khashoggi’s visit was indeed a quick in and out, saying his understanding was that the journalist left the consulate within an hour of first entering.

He added that the foreign ministry was also working to “see exactly what happened at that time.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was personally following the case and that investigators are looking at all camera records and monitoring airports. He also said he is hopeful for a positive outcome to the matter.

So is Khashoggi’s fiancé. Hatice Cengiz took to Twitter to say that she “did not believe he has been killed” and was waiting for official confirmation.

Since fleeing his native Saudi Arabia in 2017 amid a clampdown on opposing views to the Saudi regime, Khashoggi later took up a position as columnist at the Washington Post. His pieces regularly took aim at the Saudis’ ongoing conduct in the Yemen civil war and the policies of bin Salman.

FARSNEWS2018/10/4
Turkey Summons Saudi Envoy over Disappearance of Commentator
TEHRAN (FNA)- A journalist has not been seen for over 48 hours since Tuesday when he reportedly entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry over the incident.

According to Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée, he had entered the consulate to get the necessary documents for a marriage licence, but never returned, Sputnik reported.

A spokesman for Turkey's president has said that the journalist remained inside the building, while Saudi officials insisted that he had left the diplomatic facility.

Khashoggi is a contributor to the Washington Post and the former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel.

FARSNEWS2018/10/4
Saudis Insist Vanished Dissident Left Its Turkey Consulate, Ankara Says He Is Still Inside
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul insisted on Thursday that a missing Saudi dissident had left its premises before disappearing - directly contradicting comments by Turkish officials who say they believe he's still inside.

The comments further deepen the mystery surrounding what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, who had been living in a self-imposed exile in the United States while writing columns critical of the kingdom and its policies under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Al-Jazeera reported.

Khashoggi's disappearance also threatened to further deteriorate relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which are on opposite sides of an ongoing four-nation boycott of Qatar and other regional crises.

In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the consulate did not challenge that Khashoggi, 59, disappeared while on a visit to the diplomatic post.

"The consulate confirmed that it is carrying out follow-up procedures and coordination with the Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after he left the consulate building," it said without elaborating.

The statement comes after a Spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters Wednesday night that authorities believed the journalist was still there.

"According to the information we have, this person who is a Saudi citizen is still at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul," Ibrahim Kalin said, adding that "we don't have information to the contrary".

On Tuesday, Khashoggi entered the consulate to get paperwork he needed in order to be married next week, said his fiancée Hatice, who gave only her first name for fear of retribution.

He gave her his mobile phones for safekeeping, a common occurence as many embassies routinely require that phones be left outside as a security precaution.

Hours later, Khashoggi hadn't emerged and Hatice recounted how she called his friends in a panic.

"I don't know what has happened to him. I can't even guess how such a thing can happen to him," she told The Associated Press, adding that "there is no law or lawsuit against him. He is not a suspect, he has not been convicted. There is nothing against him. He is just a man whose country doesn't like his writings or his opinions".

The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, said it was "extremely concerned" about him.

"We have reached out to anyone we think might be able to help locate him and assure his safety, including US, Turkish and Saudi officials," editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement.

Khashoggi has written regular columns in the Washington Post criticising Saudi Arabia's policies towards Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen, and a crackdown on dissent and the media and activists that has seen dozens detained.

"I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice," he wrote in September 2017, noting that "to do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot".

Ali Shihabi, head of the Arabia Foundation in Washington, which regularly supports Saudi policy, expressed concern on Twitter about the reports.

"Jamal and I have not seen eye to eye on many issues but having him go missing like this is awful," he stressed.

Khashoggi is a longtime Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultraconservative kingdom. He went into a self-imposed exile in the US following the ascension of Prince Mohammad, now next in line to the throne of his father, 82-year-old King Salman.

Khashoggi was known for his interviews and travels with Osama bin Laden between 1987 and 1995, including in Afghanistan, where he wrote about the battle against the Soviet occupation. In the early 1990s, he tried to persuade bin Laden to reconcile with the Saudi royal family and return home from his base in Sudan, but the al-Qaeda leader refused.
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